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Jared Weiss: Stevens' Celtics injury update: - Walker under the weather but "Hopefully will be able to go tomorrow." - Brown is doubtful for tomorrow with shoulder bursitis. - Smart is back - Fournier is out - Rob Williams "Tried to do a little bit more but won't be able to go tomorrow."
Jared Weiss: Celtics list Jaylen Brown as available after missing a game with a sore hip, while Romeo Langford is out of the COVID protocol and is now out due to reconditioning. Presumably will return in the next couple games.
Neil Dalal: Neither Russell Westbrook (rest) nor Raul Neto (left knee contusion) are listed on the Wizards' injury report meaning they should be good to go today vs. Celtics. Davis Bertans (right knee soreness) is again listed as questionable as is Jaylen Brown (left knee soreness). pic.twitter.com/ufcH851Fok
Marc D'Amico: Jaylen Brown says his knee felt great in the first half, but it bothered him a little bit in the third quarter. "It’s something to stay on top of, but it’s moving in the right direction."
Jared Weiss: Jaylen Brown says he is playing tomorrow in Houston: "We need two big wins. I'll just push through it. I'll be alright."
Jared Weiss: Jaylen Brown ankle talk: "I rolled my other one, my left one, trying to compensate on the right one. Don’t know what side to limp on right now." He was walking as slow as he could out of the locker room after the game, clearly struggling once the adrenaline wore off.
Chris Grenham: Jaylen Brown's injury update: "I sprained my right thumb. Working with the staff to figure out a plan for tomorrow. ... Happened in the middle of the game. Ran into Markieff." Added he's had no tests as of now. "We'll see how it feels in the morning."
Chris Forsberg: Jaylen Brown on his sprained thumb: "I don’t think it’s too bad” Said he didn’t have any tests on it as team heads for flight to Milwaukee. "I told [the training staff], just see how it feels in the morning and we’ll go from there."
Chris Grenham: Enes Kanter will not return tonight, per the Celtics. Jaylen Brown is available.
Adam Himmelsbach: Stevens says Kanter is improving but just not ready yet. He’ll monitor Jaylen’s minutes but no set restriction.
Chris Grenham: Jaylen Brown and Al Horford are officially available tonight vs Orlando, per the team. Terry Rozier and Guerschon Yabusele are questionable.
Mark Murphy: Trainers told Brad Stevens they weren't comfortable clearing Brown to play tonight. Morris apparently felt better after extra shooting, and according to Stevens will be a game-time decision.
Chris Forsberg: Brad Stevens said Jaylen Brown is out with back spasms that flared this morning before shootaround. Says it’s not a long-term concern, expects him back in “couple days." Al Horford will play.
Scott Souza: #Celtics coach Brad Stevens confirms both Jaylen Brown & Gordon Hayward (both sick) are back tonight. Aron Baynes starts for Al Horford (knee). Brown & Hayward remain off bench.
A. Sherrod Blakely: No surprises on the injury report for the #Celtics heading into Friday #Hawks game. Al Horford (knee) and Guerschon Yabusele (ankle) are OUT. Jaylen Brown (illness) is questionable.
Jared Weiss: Jaylen Brown ruled out by Celtics tonight in Minnesota. Boston is off until next Thursday at home against the Knicks.
Jared Weiss: Jaylen says this injury isn’t nearly as bad as previous ones, but he’s been having some back spasms after the injury. Says it’s been getting better the last few days and will test it out tomorrow.
Tom Westerholm: Jaylen Brown: “If it was a list of injuries that everybody’s dealing with in the NBA, I’d probably pick mine over a lot of the other ones. So I’ll be back soon, just want to make sure I’m healthy and be back to help the team win."
Chris Forsberg: Celtics list Jaylen Brown (Right Low Back Bruise) as doubtful vs New Orleans. Terry Rozier (Left Knee Soreness) is probable. Gordon Hayward off the injury list and should be back after sitting out the second night of a back to back.
Chris Forsberg: Jaylen Brown suggested he’s battling metatarsalgia. He’s changing the orthotics in his shoes to alleviate the pain after the ones in Indy bothered him. "Can’t play around with my feet. I’ll be alright for tonight.”
Abby Chin: Jaylen Brown is a go tonight in Indy. No minutes restriction, according to Brad Stevens. Jaylen told us this morning the pain in his right foot improved to bearable and he’s wearing new orthotics in his shoes to alleviate some of the pressure. #Celtics
Still, Brown said he's hopeful the issue won't linger. "I don't think it's anything that's going to keep me out long-term, I just have to manage it properly, keep it from flaring up," Brown said. "I definitely want to be on the floor as much as possible and continue to stay in rhythm, because it's going to be a challenge all year to staying in rhythm. Hopefully I'll be able to feel a lot better tomorrow, closer to 100 percent. ... "It's pain across the foot, so any time I put pressure down, when I take off or run, I feel pain shoot around the foot. If it was a playoff game, I'd definitely be trying to play through it, but the concern is we have an 82-game season, so they are kind of reeling me back. But we'll see how it goes."
Boston Celtics wing Jaylen Brown was listed as probable for Thursday's Game 2 against the Philadelphia 76ers, but coach Brad Stevens said if Brown does play, he will come off the bench for the first time this season.
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Suns GM believes Deandre Ayton will be back

Jones told Burns & Gambo on Wednesday that he believes Deandre Ayton will be back with the Suns next season. “Deandre had an amazing season and he’s progressed every year and improved every year,” the GM said. “He’s been here and so he’s a big part of what we do. His future with us is something we will address at the proper time which is in the future. He’s a free agent and I’ve said all along, he’s about the same things we’re about which is winning. We’ll address it at the proper time.”
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On possible supermax deal for Devin Booker and rookie extension for Cam Johnson. If Booker makes All-NBA this year, he’ll be eligible for a four-year deal worth $211 million while Johnson is up for a rookie extension heading into his fourth NBA season: James Jones: “That’s a part of the business. As your team improves, typically your payroll increases. We’re focused on improving the team and those guys, they deserve the credit. They deserve the accolades and the financial rewards that come with being good players and productive players. It doesn’t preclude us from doing anything. We’re not talking about a luxury tax issues or avoiding those things. That’s not something that’s going to prevent us from continuing to build this team and keep this team together.”
“Had a great year, just one of those nights,” said O’Neal as Ayton finished in Sunday’s Game 7 against Dallas with a career playoff-low five points on 2-of-5 shooting. “Phoenix had a great year, just one of those nights. This is a classy organization. This is a classy team. Can’t say bad things about them. They played hard. Again, even great players have one of those nights.”   O’Neal, and fellow TNT NBA analysts Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley discussed Ayton’s future with the Suns after the top overall seed was eliminated by the Dallas Mavericks in Sunday’s Game 7 in Phoenix. “You’ve got to re-sign Ayton,” Barkley said.
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“(McGee) played well, he was a great addition to the team, but it all hinges on Deandre Ayton,” Barkley said. “It’s him and Booker. They are the guys going forward. Chris is going to be 38 (years old). He’s going to get the ball to the right person, but it’s time for Booker and Ayton. You can’t have a bad game like they did. Chris, he had a tough night, but Ayton and Booker, they’ve got to play well.”

Warriors crush Mavericks to take 1-0 lead in Western Finals

Once Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson slowed down, caught their breath and stopped rushing shots, the Splash Brothers got on a roll that proved too much for Dallas to stop. Especially because Andrew Wiggins worked end to end to make sure Luka Doncic couldn’t get going. Curry had 21 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, Golden State held Doncic in check and the Warriors beat the Mavericks 112-87 on Wednesday night for a 1-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. “Just make him work, that was the main thing,” Wiggins said.
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Doncic scored 20 points but shot just 6 for 18 and 3 of 10 from deep. He made back-to-back 3-pointers late in the first half to get his team within 54-45 at the break, but Curry and Thompson heated up and helped the Warriors pull away in the second half. “A great job. That’s it,” Doncic said. “They did a great job.” Jalen Brunson scored 14 points but missed all five of his 3s for the surprising Mavs, who stunned the top-seeded Suns in a 123-90 thumping in Game 7 on Sunday in Phoenix.
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“They did a really good job. Wiggins picking him up full court,” Mavs coach Jason Kidd said. “They went box-and-one, they went zone. We understood coming into the series that we were going to see that. We’ll go back and look at the video and see what we can do better.” Stopping Doncic, who was averaging 31.5 points in the playoffs, is the tall task this time after the Warriors already handled two-time reigning MVP Nikola Jokic of Denver in the first round, then Ja Morant early last series before his knee injury. “I thought Wiggs was fantastic,” coach Steve Kerr said. “Doncic is as difficult a cover as there is in this league. … It’s important to make him work. He’s so good. Any great player in the league you’re trying to limit the damage that they do.”
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